The Rule of Saint Benedict
Author: Bruce L Venarde
Publisher: Harvard University Press
One of the most influential texts in the Middle Ages, The Rule of Saint Benedict offers guidance about both the spiritual and organizational dimensions, from the loftiest to the lowliest, of monastic life. This new Latin-English edition has features of interest for first-time readers of the Rule as well as for scholars of medieval history and language. The Latin text is a transcription of manuscript 914 of the Abbey of St. Gall (Switzerland), an early ninth-century copy regarded as the version that most closely reproduces Benedict's style. The saintâe(tm)s idiom was informal, sometimes conversational, and heavily influenced by the spoken Latin of the sixth century CE. In the Rule his voice and thought processes come through in all their strength and humanity. Readers will find background to the monastic life in the notes. This volume also includes texts and translations of two letters that explain the origins of the St. Gall version as well as an index to all the translated materials.
Illustrated guide to Scottish medieval heraldry, the first to link heraldry to major events in Scottish history and to the families that took part in them.
The Discoverer never travelled far for it, but in March 1644 he had some seven or eight of that horrible sect of Witches living in the Towne where he lived, a Towne in Essex called Maningtree, with divers other adjacent Witches of other towns, who every six weeks in the night (being alwayes on the Friday night) had their meeting close by his house and had their severall solemne sacrifices there offered to the Devill, one of which this discoverer heard speaking to her Imps one night, and bid them goe to another Witch, who was thereupon apprehended, and searched, by women who had for many yeares knowne the Devills marks, and found to have three teats about her, which honest women have not: so upon command from the Justice they were to keep her from sleep two or three nights, expecting in that time to see her familiars, which the fourth night she called in by their severall names, and told them what shapes, a quarter of an houre before they came in, there being ten of us in the roome, the first she called was
A rich resource for medieval historians, this three-volume compilation of legal and administrative documents was first published in 1896.
This informative book looks not only at the medieval world in which heraldry thrived, but also at its language, the elaborate system of coded messages it conveyed, and its inextricable link with chivalry. Featuring more than 700 illustrations, it also covers both the larger aspects of heraldry and everyday heraldic uses, and contains a comprehensive glossary.The international uses of heraldry and the way different countries have interpreted it are also included. Most of Europe and the Americas are covered as well as Scandinavia, Africa and Japan. Novices and experts alike will benefit from the breadth of the content of this masterly history.
Author: Charissa Bremer-David
Publisher: Getty Publications
The whimsical imagery of four tapestries in the permanent collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum and currently on display at the Getty Center is perplexing. Created in France at the Beauvais manufactory between 1690 and 1730, these charming hangings, unlike most French tapestries of the period, appear to be purely decorative, with no narrative thread, no theological moral, and no allegorical symbolism. They belong to a series called theGrotesques, inspired by ancient frescos discovered during the excavation of the Roman emperor Nero’s Domus Aurea, or Golden House, but the origins of their mysterious subject matter have long eluded art historians. Based on seven years of research, Conundrum: Puzzles in the Grotesques Tapestry Series reveals for the first time that the artist responsible for these designs, Jean-Baptiste Monnoyer (1636–1699), actually incorporated dozens of motifs and vignettes from a surprising range of sources: antique statuary, Renaissance prints, Mannerist tapestry, and Baroque art, as well as contemporary seventeenth century urban festivals, court spectacle, and theater. Conundrum illustrates the most interesting of these sources alongside full-color details and overall views of the four tapestries. The book’s informative and engaging essay identifies and decodes the tapestries’ intriguing visual puzzles, enlightening our understanding and appreciation of the series’ unexpectedly rich intellectual underpinnings.
Author: Charles-Moïse Briquet
Come on a journey through the medieval world, as we explore the complex imagery and fascinating history of heraldry An accessible and absorbing guide to decoding the medieval mysteries of heraldry Supported by bold illustrations, this book takes the reader through the basics of heraldry, from the role of the herald in chivalry, to interpreting these ancient ciphers Genuine coats of arms are deconstructed to reveal their story, and the ancient symbolism is explained in this insightful guide
Young Medieval Women
Author: Katherine J. Lewis
Publisher: Sutton Pub Limited
This study is based on the premise that the category of woman is too broad and needs to be broken down. It is only when other variables are introduced, refining the field of enquiry, that the historian is able to gain a real insight into the lives and experiences of medieval people.
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Japanese Export Lacquer
Author: Oliver R. Impey, C. J. A. Jörg
Publisher: Hotei Pub
Japanese lacquer was widely recognised as the best available and seems never to have gone out of fashion in Europe. This important feature in the history of European furniture is discussed at length and illustrated by many examples. Over 650 illustrations provide a unique survey of lacquer in private and public collections worldwide, including the important documented collections in Italy, France, England, Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, and the USA.